Storage

At IDF 2015 this year Intel has announced that their forthcoming 3D XPoint technology based products will be sold under a new brand for the company, Optane. The Optane products will be available in 2016, in both standard SSD (PCIe) form factors for everything from Ultrabooks to servers, and in a DIMM form factor for Xeon systems for even greater bandwidth and lower latencies. As expected, Intel will be providing storage controllers optimized for the 3D XPoint memory, though no further details on that subject matter were provided. This announcement is in-line with Intel and Micron’s original 3D XPoint announcement last month, which also announced that 3D XPoint would be out in 2016. Finally, as part of the Optane announcement, Intel also gave the world’s...

Western Digital Updates WD Red Pro and WD Black with 5 & 6TB Models

It is that time of the year when Western Digital updates their Red lineup. Launched in 2012, the WD Red drives target network attached storage units with an optimized...

50 by Ganesh T S on 8/18/2015

HGST And Mellanox Show Off SAN Fabric Backed By Phase Change Memory

It seems that NAND flash memory just isn't fast enough to show off the full performance of the latest datacenter networking equipment from Mellanox. They teamed up with HGST...

19 by Billy Tallis on 8/14/2015

Seagate Introduces New Nytro PCIe SSDs: XP6500 & XF/XM1440

After acquiring SSD controller designer SandForce, LSI took the quick route towards creating high-performance PCIe SSDs by putting multiple SandForce controllers and an LSI RAID controller on a single...

20 by Billy Tallis on 8/11/2015

StarTech.com 8-bay USB 3.0 / eSATA Removable Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have become quite popular over the last five years or so, but Direct Attached Storage (DAS) units were the go-to devices for consumers looking...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/11/2015

Seagate Announces 2TB Game Drive for Xbox At Gamescom 2015

Today Seagate is announcing a new product aimed squarely at the console market, and specifically at the Xbox brand. Seagate partnered with Microsoft to create the Xbox branded Game...

24 by Brett Howse on 8/5/2015

Toshiba and SanDisk Announce 48-layer 256Gbit TLC 3D NAND

This week Toshiba and SanDisk are announcing a new milestone in their joint development of flash memory. Back in March Toshiba announced a 48-layer 3D NAND technology that they...

28 by Billy Tallis on 8/4/2015

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB USB 3.0 Drive Review

The rise in popularity of USB 3.0 has enabled a large number of high-speed bus-powered storage devices. While flash drives and external SSDs can take advantage of the high-speed...

39 by Ganesh T S on 8/4/2015

Strontium Nitro Plus Nano USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Capsule Review

Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, and most of them carry uninteresting specifications. In particular, flash drives advertising smaller physical footprints have tended to carry disappointing...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/3/2015

Analyzing Intel-Micron 3D XPoint: The Next Generation Non-Volatile Memory

The current mainstream memory technologies, namely DRAM and NAND, have been around for decades. While clever engineering work has allowed the two to scale below 20nm geometries, both technologies...

77 by Kristian Vättö, Ian Cutress & Ryan Smith on 7/31/2015

Lime Technology's unRAID 6 Brings Containers and Virtualization to NAS Units

Consumers looking for network-attached storage have plenty of options. Most businesses go for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) unit, while enthusiasts and home users can go for either COTS or...

25 by Ganesh T S on 7/27/2015

The 2TB Samsung 850 Pro & EVO SSD Review

For the past two years, client SSD capacities have been stumbling at 1TB. The cost of NAND is still too high to make terabyte drives a mainstream capacity, but...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 7/23/2015

Micron M510DC (480GB) Enterprise SATA SSD Review

Most data center workloads tend to be read-intensive. It's only recently that SSDs have started to offer pricing low enough to replace hard drives in read workoads and a...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 7/21/2015

Samsung Releases PM863 & SM863 Enterprise SATA SSDs: Up to 3.84TB with 3D V-NAND

At CES, Samsung displayed a variety of new SSD solutions, including PM863 and SM863, the company's new SATA 6Gbps enterprise drives. At the time Samsung was only sampling its...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 7/20/2015

ADATA XPG SX930 (120GB, 240GB & 480GB) SSD Review: JMicron JMF670H Debuts

At Computex ADATA had a variety of new SSDs on display. While most were based on upcoming technologies such as TLC NAND and the PCIe/NVMe interface, the company also...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 7/16/2015

Interview with Kevin Chen, ADATA's Vice President of SSD Marketing

Last year at Computex I had the opportunity to interview ADATA’s President Shalley Chen. At the time, we discussed the SSD and DRAM industries in general as well as...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 7/15/2015

OCZ Trion 100 (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Bringing Toshiba to the Retail

It's been a year and a half since OCZ went bankrupt and Toshiba acquired its assets. In this time we have seen OCZ transition all of its products to...

64 by Kristian Vättö on 7/9/2015

Samsung Launches New 2TB SSD 850 EVO And 850 PRO Models

Due to what Samsung is citing as a surge in demand for larger capacity SSDs, they have now launched two new models offering up to two terabytes of storage...

57 by Brett Howse on 7/7/2015

Samsung SM951-NVMe (256GB) PCIe SSD Review

Samsung has always been an early adopter in the SSD space. The company was the first one on the market with a PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD the (XP941...

70 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2015

Silicon Motion SM2256 SSD Controller Preview: TLC for Everyone

The SSD industry has been talking about TLC NAND for over three years now. We published our first post, Understanding TLC NAND, back in early 2012, but in three...

34 by Kristian Vättö on 6/17/2015

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